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Thu 03/11/21
7:00PM
All Ages
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How the Socialists Saved Milwaukee presentation by John Gurda

How the Socialists Saved Milwaukee

For a period of fifty years, Milwaukee was America’s capital of Socialism. Between 1910 and 1960, the city had three Socialist mayors—Emil Seidel, Dan Hoan, and Frank Zeidler—who were widely criticized for their supposed radicalism and just as widely praised for their actual accomplishments. At a time when Socialism has become the “s” word in American politics, it’s important to look back at how it was actually practiced in a Midwest metropolis.

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John Gurda

(Milwaukee, WI)

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-two books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship. Gurda’s most ambitious efforts are The Making of Milwaukee, the first full-length history of the community published since 1948; and Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. Together the books total more than 900 pages and feature 2,000 illustrations. The Making of Milwaukee was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006.

In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. His undergraduate degree is a B.A. in English from Boston College, and he holds an M.A. in Cultural Geography and an honorary Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The common thread in all of Gurda’s work is an understanding of history as “why things are the way they are.”

 

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